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“What are the characteristics of effective teams? What challenges do managers face in managing global teams? How should those challenges be handled?” 25st of November 2011
Student number: B00600693
Words: 1145

The purpose of this essay is to examine the characteristics of effective teams as well as the challenges faced by managers to lead global teams. It will also analyse how these challenges should be handled. It will provide a definition of an effective and global team. To be able to discuss the subject of how global teams should be managed, it will identify the different challenges managers face in a global workforce. The essay will analyse and argue the solutions offered to overcome these challenges to lead an effective global team. Griffin (2001, p.586) sees a team as a “group of workers who function as a unit” . According to Mullins (2010) an effective team “underlies a spirit of co operation in which members work well together as a united team and with harmonious and supportive relationship”. To do so, members have to share the same conviction for targeted objectives (Mullins, 2010, p.321). Mullins suggests that in order to reach these objectives the group’s values and norms have to be accepted and a “feeling of mutual trust and dependency” has to exist amongst the members. Finally a free flow of communication within the team will help combining these factors and determine its effectiveness if the mission and objectives are fulfilled or even exceed. (Mullins, 2010, p.321).

Since the end of the World War II and the subsequent the decline in trade barriers, free flow of goods, services and capital, there is a bigger need for greater international cooperation between organisations (Griffin, 2001, p.587).To operate at the international level, organisations have to integrate a cultural dimension in managing their work force functioning on a global basis. These ‘global teams’ inevitably come across different cultures and language...
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